Eileen Silver Lillywhite
Eileen Silver-Lillywhite's ﬁrst book, All That Autumn, was published by Ithaca House Press. She has published poems in Antioch Review, Missouri Review, Northwest Review, Poetry East, Crazyhorse, The Ohio Review's 30th Anniversary Anthology and many other literary magazines. She has been awarded Poetry Fellowships from the Maryland and Utah Councils for the Arts. Holding an M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University and a PhD in English from the University of Utah, she taught writing and literature at a state university.
She also formed Luna Mist Records, an independent record label, with the singer/songwriter Laura Nyro and executive-produced Nyro's recordings Angel in the Dark (which earned a Grammy nomination) and The Loom's Desire. Eileen Silver-Lillywhite has two sons.
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Mama Joy is lit with a quiet beauty, its language easy in the best sense of the word--graceful, melodic, never over-handled. The poems in Eileen Silver Lillywhite's collection move together like variations on a favorite theme, the "streets rasping with Cadillacs" and the "winds booming across continents," all of which set the tone for a frank look at life's major thematic movements.
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